Funding your Studies

Nuffield College seeks applicants of the highest academic merit, irrespective of background and personal circumstances, and aims to provide the best academic environment for their study. We are committed to ensuring that the financial cost of graduate study does not deter any prospective student from applying.

In line with this commitment, the College has launched a scheme whereby all new students offered a place at Nuffield are guaranteed funding.  To be considered for Nuffield funding, you must submit your application for graduate study by the relevant January deadline, following the normal University graduate application process.

THE FAQS BELOW PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION ON FUNDING REQUIREMENTS AND THE NUFFIELD FUNDING SCHEME:

Graduate study can be a big financial commitment. When calculating the cost of graduate study, there are three main costs to consider. They are as follows:

University tuition fee: Full details on tuition fees for 2018/19 can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages under 'Fees and Funding'.

College fee: The college fee covers academic facilities and other services provided by your college. The annual fee does not include accommodation or meal charges and is payable in addition to the University tuition fee. Details can be found on the Graduate Admissions pages, under ‘College fees’.

Living costs: the 2018/19 estimated living costs for a graduate student at Oxford can be found on the University living costs pages.

There is no separate application form for the Nuffield funding scheme; all you need to do is apply for the course of your choice (for which Nuffield admits students) by the relevant January deadline. You will automatically be considered for a number of scholarships available across the University, including the Clarendon and ESRC awards (provided that you meet the basic eligibility criteria), as well as any of the funding packages offered solely or jointly by Nuffield College.

While you don’t necessarily have to select Nuffield as your first choice of College (as some applications to other Colleges may be referred to Nuffield for consideration), selecting Nuffield will ensure that, should you be given a departmental offer, your application will be considered by Nuffield College.

Please see the Oxford University application guide for details.

In addition to a number of scholarships available across the University, Nuffield offers a generous funding scheme for all students admitted for study from October 2018.

GUARANTEED FUNDING

If you are offered a place at Nuffield to study for one of the courses for which we admit students, we will underwrite full funding (i.e. fees and living expenses) for the duration of the fee liability of your course. What this means is that, if you are not successful in obtaining funding from other sources, we guarantee that we will provide you with funding to cover your study costs for the duration of the fee liability of your course (i.e. fees and living expenses). Some of the funding awards we make may be joint with Clarendon, ESRC and/or departmental scholarships available to our students.

Students who are successful in obtaining an offer of underwritten funding at Nuffield are guaranteed cover for:

  • University and College Fees for the duration of standard fee liability
  • Living expenses (at £15,000 per annum, 2017/18 rate)

In addition, all Nuffield students in their first four Nuffield Student Years receive the following support package:

  • Provision of networked office space
  • Free lunches in College (while the kitchen is open)
  • Breakfasts and dinners at a discounted rate (while the kitchen is open)
  • Research allowance with the possibility of further research grants for travel and/or research expenses
  • Cost of thesis binding

Prospective students should consult the current Student Handbook for further information.

Your offer letter from Nuffield will confirm what funding you have been allocated. Results will normally be announced in March or April.

All students who receive an offer of a place at Nuffield will have their funding guaranteed. However, please note that the competition for a place at Nuffield is fierce, as each year the number of applications we consider exceeds by far the number of places available (the success rate is normally around 15%).The collegiate University has a wide range of over a thousand scholarships to offer and we encourage you to check the University’s Fees and Funding Search Tool, as well as the relevant departmental webpages for further information about funding. 

The overall cost of your graduate studies depends on the course you choose, as well as your fees status (Home/EU or Overseas). Please check the University’s fees and funding page and helpful videos for detailed information.

For any queries about Nuffield admissions and funding, please contact graduate.admissions@nuffield.ox.ac.uk